Cook County State’s Attorney will address EWU’s 31st Convocation Ceremony

CHICAGO--  (May 8, 2013)   Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez will be the featured speaker at East-West University’s 31st Convocation Ceremony on June 22, 2013 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park.  The Honorable Ms. Alvarez is responsible for nearly 900 attorneys acting as the public’s legal representatives in the nation’s second largest county.

Ms. Alvarez was elected in 2008, making history as the first female and first Hispanic State’s Attorney.   A Chicago native, she was raised in the Pilsen neighborhood, and attended Maria High School.  She received her undergraduate degree from Loyola University of Chicago and her law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law. 

She began her career as an Assistant State’s Attorney in 1986 and worked her way into increasingly more responsible roles, handling hundreds of serious felony cases. She has argued more than 50 felony jury trials and argued before the Illinois Appellate Court and the United States Supreme Court.

In 2001, she was named Person of the Year by Chicago Lawyer Magazine.  In 2005, Ms. Alvarez was named Person of the Year by the Latin American Police Association and also States Attorney of the Year by the Illinois State Crime Commission.  She served as President of the Chicago Bar Association in 2009.

East-West University is a private, not-for-profit, and non-denominational institution of higher learning in Chicago’s South Loop.  East-West is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), and provides affordable, quality higher education to students from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.


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